Author Archives: Andrew Haldane

Opinion: Could PEVEL help to secure the triumph of good over EVEL?

england-flagEvery time a Tory mentions English Votes for English Laws they have a certain daemonic glint in their eyes. The power junkies think they are about to get the keys to the pharmacy. They say nature abhors a vacuum, but the Tories can hardly conceal their delight at the vacuum created by the meteoric rise up the political agenda of the West Lothian Question (which they and their friends in the media have helped to propagate). In 2010 they gained 56% of English MPs with 40% of the English vote. Implementing overdue boundary revisions and reducing MP numbers would tilt the balance further in their favour. Requiring a good deal less than 40%, they could gain a majority of English MPs for the foreseeable future if historic voting patterns persist.

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Opinion: Could there still be a bright future for Lords reform?

Unless we are admitting defeat or  consider the electorate agog with admiration of the status-quo, we perhaps need to look beyond  the seemingly  compelling case for democratic legitimacy and begin developing some more imaginative ideas about what a reformed second chamber  might do  differently and explore its potential for transforming  politics.

Limiting the level of ambition for our shiny new democratic institution to the pursuit of the same old objectives of itself does not seem like a great leap forward.

It also leaves us vulnerable to the tactics adopted by the Conservatives and their press allies, who assiduously sought to cultivate public …

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  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 30th Mar - 6:29pm
    Sorry about to odd mistakes in the above post - the first brandy is poured at 6.00 pm precisely!
  • User AvatarManfarang 30th Mar - 6:25pm
    Harold 'the pound in your pocket' Wilson did keep Britain out of Vietnam but many in the Labour movement were disillusioned by the end of...
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    The greatest leader the party has ever had, and the best statesman this country currently has by miles. It is a shame that a combination...
  • User AvatarStephen Campbell 30th Mar - 6:22pm
    @Stimpson: "Labour are hard left under Miliband. " I always look forward to your posts, as they are brilliantly funny! In your world, you probably...
  • User AvatarJohn Roffey 30th Mar - 6:18pm
    ATF 30th Mar '15 - 5:06pm "I worry greatly about any party that either wants the UK to break up, a regressive rather than progressive...
  • User AvatarJones 30th Mar - 6:16pm
    Thanks for the post, I quite agree.
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